Meaning of “backwards” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb uk us /ˈbækwədz/ (also backward)

B1 towards the direction behind you:

She took a couple of steps backwards.
He fell backwards off the stool.

towards an earlier time or an earlier stage of development:

Let's start with your most recent job and work backwards.

in the opposite order to what is usual:

"Erehwon" is "nowhere" spelled backwards.
WRONG WAY (also back to front, also US front to back)

with the part that is usually at the front at the back:

Your T-shirt's on backwards.
backwards and forwards (also back and forth)

in one direction then the opposite way and back again many times:

I have to drive backwards and forwards between here and Ipswich every day.

(Definition of “backwards” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)